Troop Handbook

Troop 1015 Handbook

Introduction

Welcome to Troop 1015 of the Boy Scouts of America. The Troop Committee has developed this handbook for Troop 1015 in an effort to ensure that all Scouts and their families have a basic understanding of the policies and practices of our Troop.

Many of the policies which are set forth in this handbook are taken directly from the policies of the National Boy Scouts of America. Other policies and procedures have been adopted from other troops and have evolved over the years by the Scouts, families, and leaders of Troop 1015.

We are pleased to have you as a part of Troop 1015. If there are any questions or suggestions regarding the policies and procedures, you are invited to contact any Scout Leader or member of the Troop Committee.

We hope that Scouting in Troop 1015 is exciting and rewarding.

Joining Troop 1015

Parents of new Scouts usually ask, “What does my son need to get started, and how much does it cost?” This overview is intended to give you the specific information you need to get started. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask any of the adult leaders. Helping you is their job.

Dues and Fees

Troop 1015 does not have weekly dues. Our equipment, awards, and other annual expenses are paid for through our annual registration fee and the proceeds from the annual fund raising projects, such as, popcorn sales, in early November of every year.

Uniform and Books

The troop provides a Boy Scout Handbook, Boy Scout Handbook, (requires Adobe Flash), 1015 patch, green shoulder loops and a Troop 1015 bolo tie. The scout should obtain the scout uniform and a book cover if desirable. The uniform is described below in the Troop 1015 handbook and on the inside covers of the Scout Handbook. Scout supplies are available at the Scout Shop located at 1744 Everett Street, Alameda, California and the SFBAC office on Davis Street San Leandro, CA. Used uniforms are usually available through Scout volunteer services. Ask one of the adult leaders for assistance.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for camping/outings and summer camp. For more information contact the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairperson.

1015 Campouts

Soon your son will want to join us on outings. The camping equipment list found in the BSA handbook is an attempt to clarify what items are necessary and other optional items your son may want to consider bringing along. If you are not an experienced camper, you might want to discuss the equipment with one of the many leaders in our Troop.

The troop has all camping equipment (cooking, eating, cleaning) except personal gear like sleeping bags.

Food is usually purchased by each patrol before campouts with a few exceptions. Food for outings

Special equipment needs may be listed on the parent approval slip sent home before each outing or emailed out.

Registration

To register your son as a Boy Scout in Troop 1015, you will need to complete the Boy Scout Registration Form, the Boy Scout Medical Form, and a Troop Resource Survey Form. These forms may be obtained from the Scoutmaster. Completion of these forms ensures that the Troop can obtain prompt medical aid if necessary and that the adult leaders understand each boys special needs and abilities. Please urn them into the Scoutmaster.

Mission Statement Of Troop 1015

The mission of Troop 1015 is:

· To instill in young men the values set forth in the Scout Oath, and the standards of conduct set forth in the Scout Law

· To teach young men skills and understanding for the outdoors and the tenants of the Outdoor Code

· To develop in young men an appreciation for service to their community

· To have every Scout learn something of value and have a good time at every Scout activity

Troop 1015 Organization

National Organization

The National Council Boy Scouts of America http://www.scouting.org was charted by Congress in 1916 to provide an education program for boys and young adults. The National Council provides charters to local councils (Alameda Council, Alameda, CA, http://www.bsa-alameda.org) that promote scouting in communities throughout the United States. Troop 1015 is a member of the Alameda Council. The local Charter Organization (BPO Elks Lodge 1015) receives a charter each year from the National Council. The day-to-day operations of the troop are largely dependent on a group of volunteer adults that make up the Troop Committee and Adult Leadership

Charter

Troop 1015 is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America and sponsored by the BPO Elks Lodge 1015 in Alameda, California. The Troop meets Tuesday evenings at the BPO Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda. Troop 1015 is part of the Alameda Council, Boy Scouts of America, located at 1714 Everett Street in Alameda, California.

Troop Committee

The Troop 1015 Committee oversees the operations of the troop to insure there is a meeting place, support and training for adult leaders, planning and scheduling of events, and that the policies and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America are carried out.

Adult Leadership

The troop is run by its boy leaders. The Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the scouts to provide guidance and training. The Boy Scout Councils and Troop Committee provide training for Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters to insure a safe and high quality scouting program.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

General

Each Scout and adult leader is expected to live up to the standards of conduct as set forth in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and the Outdoor Code as follows:

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times, To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.

Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to

· Be clean in my outdoor manners

· Be careful with fire

· Be considerate in the outdoors

· Be conservation-minded.

Appearance

Scout uniforms will be worn at all Scout functions unless otherwise announced. Uniforms are to be clean and worn properly with respect and in good repair at all times. Uniforms must follow the official placement of insignia in accordance with the Boy Scouts of America guidelines. The following insignia are required for the Boy Scout uniform:

· Left shoulder council patch and the number “1015”

· Other insignia and awards will be supplied by the Troop as a scout has earned them. The Boy Scout Handbook shows the correct placement of insignia.

Uniforms

Troop 1015 uses the Boy Scout Field Dress Uniform (Class A) for meetings, ceremonies, in transit or as directed:

Required Items

Shirt: Boy Scout shirt with green shoulder loops for Scouts. (provided by the Troop).

Scout Bolo Tie: A troop bolo tie is to be worn under the uniform shirt collar. (provided by the Troop).

Scout Pants: Boy Scout pants / shorts with Scout web belt and brass buckle.

Shoes: Any tennis shoes, oxfords or hiking boots. No open toed shoes are allowed unless in a shower / pool facility. Walking to the facility requires close toed shoes or sandals.

Hats: Any Scout hat, Scout camp hat or approved Troop hat.

Grooming

All Scouts are expected to keep their hair clean and groomed at all times. All Scouts are expected to practice good personal hygiene including clean teeth, hands, fingernails, and washing at all Scout functions and on outings (when practical).

Courtesy

A Scout shall request permission to enter another Patrol or Troop´s campsite. All Scouts will immediately become quiet and pay attention when the Scout Sign is held up. Scouts will signify that they have seen the Sign by holding up the Sign until the leader begins talking.

Conduct on campouts/outings

Scouts will be in their tents and quiet once lights out has been announced. Excessive snacks will not be allowed on Troop outings and may be confiscated by an adult leader to be returned to the Scout upon returning home.

Conduct at Troop Meetings:

· No horseplay or running is allowed.

· Scouts shall stay inside the hall during the meeting unless an activity is organized outside.

· Scouts shall not leave Scoutcraft sessions, merit badge sessions, or other meetings without leadership permission

· Scouts shall not leave Troop meetings without permission.

· All Scouts will treat the Troop Hall with respect and care and remember, the Troop Hall is not our building. It belongs to the Elks.

TROOP SCHEDULE

Troop Meetings

Normally, the Troop meets at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday nights at the BPO Elks Lodge 1015, in the Historic Elks Lodge Bowling Alley, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, California. A detailed calendar of Troop meetings and other Troop events are published in September. Troop meetings are scheduled for most Tuesday nights except as follows:

There are no Troop meetings on certain holidays as published in the Troop calendar. In the month of July & August, there is a break from normal Troop activities resuming in September around the 15th. The time frame between Scout Camp (July) and the big back pack trip (August) is designed for backpack planning, food purchasing and separating the meals.

Annual Planning Conference

The Troop conducts a planning conference in the fall (mid-September) attended by leadership and all scouts. The parents meet that evening for a potluck and to discuss the calendar that the scouts made.

Camping/Outdoor Activities

The Troop schedules one campout or outdoor activity every month as published in the Troop calendar. The Troop attends a one week long summer camp session (usually scheduled in early July). Other meetings included on the Troop 1015 calendar are as follows.

Other Meetings

· Patrol Leader´s Council (PLC) The PLC plans and runs the Troop´s program and activities on the second Thursday.

· Troop Committee Meetings are held at BPO Elks Lodge 1015 Library, the third Wednesday of each month. These meetings are open to all adults.

· Court of Honors – awards and recognition 3x per year.

· Round Table Alameda Council leader´s meeting the first Thursday of each month.

· Aquatic Meetings (May/June) for 2nd Class/1st Class requirements, swimming and lifesaving Merit Badges.

· Long-term trip like Yellowstone every 2-3 years.

ADMINISTRATION

The Scouting program of Troop 1015 is organized by the boys and supported by the adult leadership.

The Chartered Organization

The Troop is chartered by the BPO Elks Lodge 1015. Since 1940, the Elks are authorized by the Alameda Council of the Boy Scouts of America to organize and sponsor our Boy Scout Troop. The Troop´s scouting coordinator facilitates the relationship between the Elks and the Troop.

The Troop Committee

The Troop Committee provides policy and administrative support for the Troop. It is composed of adult volunteers. The committee selects the Scoutmaster, controls the financial operation of the Troop; supports the advancement program, recruiting, outdoor program, and other organizational, policy and administrative functions.

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters

The Scoutmaster, selected by the Troop Committee, is responsible for the operation of the Troop. He is assisted by Assistant Scoutmasters who provide the following specific and general roles:

· Camping

· First year Scouts

· Advancement

· Eagle Advancement coordinator

· Other general or special requirements as needed

Patrol Leader´s Council

The Scouts elect a Senior Patrol Leader and other Senior Patrol positions. Each patrol elects their

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own Patrol Leader. These elected junior leaders provide the planning, organization and administration for the operation of the Troop. This planning and operation is done with the guidance of the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters. The Troop Parent Committee provides the support for the successful execution of the events selected by the scouts. The Patrol Leader´s Council plans and runs the Troop´s activities and trains the junior leaders.

TROOP FINANCES

Who to Call

Generally, the Scout´s Patrol Leader or Assistant Patrol Leader can answer questions. If that resource is either unavailable or unable to assist, Scouts and their families may call the Scoutmaster or any of the Assistant Scoutmasters. When a Scout family has a concern regarding a policy of the Troop, that question should be directed to the chairman of the Troop Committee.

Dues and Registration Fees

Dues and registration fees are paid annually in December of each year for the calendar year. During October, a notice will be given to each Scouting family of the annual Troop dues and registration fee. Troop dues are approximately $150 per year; including registration fees and a year´s subscription to Boy´s Life magazine. Discounts are given for more than one Scout in the troop. Adults who are registered cost $24 per year on top of the Scout’s cost.

Fund Raising

The Troop encourages scout participation in the annual popcorn sales, held in November. The Troop Committee, through a sub-committee, organizes this event each year. Through this event, most of the funds necessary for the operation of the Troop are raised. Other fund raising activities may be sponsored by the Troop for the Scouts own fund. The Elks Breakfast is held the second Sunday of the month. The Elks dinner is the third Monday of the month. The lodge has many organizations that help out with table bussing so communication will occur when it is available. The funds from those activities are deposited in the Troop´s account, but are available for use by the Scouts that raised them.

Friends of Scouting

The Alameda Council sponsors a major fund raising effort called Friends of Scouting (FOS) between January and April of each year. The committee will appoint an FOS chairman for the Troop who will coordinate these fund raising efforts on behalf of the Council. Troop 1015 families are encouraged to financially support this effort.

Financial Expectations

The Scout and his family are expected to meet the following financial obligations as a part of participation in the Troop:

· Payment of Troop dues and registration fees

· Purchase of uniform, equipment, and Scout publications, as required Previously owned uniforms are available from the troop or the council. Scouts are encouraged to donate their outgrown uniforms to the troop.

· Each Scout is expected to pay his share of food purchased for campouts. The Patrols purchase their own food for the week and activities. The Troop will purchase the food and ask for reimbursement from the campers on some events.

· Each Scout is responsible for paying camp fees for summer camp and for some campouts during the year. Those fees will be announced. Financial aid is available for camping, uniforms and Scout publications. Please contact the Scoutmaster or Committee chairman.

Insurance

The Troop participates in the group health insurance provided by the Boy Scouts of America. This policy covers claims made during the policy year and is designed to cover personal injury to registered Scouts and adult leaders for injuries suffered during official Scouting functions. The limits of liability and coverage may be obtained from the chairman of the Troop Committee. In the event that a Scout or Scouting family wants to file a claim, they should contact the chairman of the Troop Committee to obtain the necessary claim forms.

ADVANCEMENT

The requirements to advance to each rank are fully described in the Boy Scout Handbook. Troop 1015 administers the requirements through the following policies.

Scout Responsibility

The Scout is encouraged to take an active part in the Troop program (see “Active Scout” Policy). The Scout must complete the skill, leadership and service requirements for the rank he is seeking. Scouts are responsible to keep track of their own advancement. A Scout´s personal advancement record is maintained in his copy of the Boy Scout Handbook. The Troop advancement records maintained by the Assistant Scoutmaster for Advancement are provided only for the Scout´s assistance. Service hours are also required for 1st Class, Star and Life. Scouts are responsible for keeping track of the service hours that have been served.

Merit Badges

Merit badges are generally earned in one of the following three manners:

· Scouts are responsible for obtaining a merit badge blue card with the Scoutmaster´s signature prior to commencing work on a merit badge. Once completed, the Scout will be responsible for returning the merit badge blue card to the Assistant Scoutmaster for Advancement.

· Scouts are responsible for following up with their merit badge Counselors, and instructors, to ensure proper completion of all advancement

· Merit badges earned through individual work. The Scout, together with a buddy, contacts the merit badge Counselor, and arranges for a meeting. At the first meeting, the Counselor will outline the requirements and expectations for the Scout. The Scout will work independently (or with his buddy), contacting the merit badge Counselor when he is ready to demonstrate that the requirements have been met. At a final meeting, arranged by the Scout, the merit badge Counselor will approve and sign off the merit badge blue card. Merit badge classes are offered during Scout craft time at Troop meetings. These classes may be limited in size, at the instructor´s option. Merit badge classes offered at a Boy Scout camp (summer camp with the Troop or a specialty camp such as Sea Base). Once completed, and turned in to the Assistant Scoutmaster for Advancement, the award will be presented at the next Court of Honor.

Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is an Honor Campers Brotherhood chartered by the BSA to recognize those Scout Campers who best live up to the Scout Oath and Law. The only way a Scout becomes an OA member is through an election held by the Troop. Requirements for nomination are that a Scout must be a First Class Scout or above and have camped out a minimum of fifteen nights with scout overnights in the two years preceding elections. These fifteen nights must include one long-term camp of six days and nights. The Scoutmaster must approve all candidates. These requirements are set and subject to change by the Order of the Arrow.

Scoutmaster Conference

The Scoutmaster conference is an advancement requirement for each rank. Other conferences may be held at either the Scout´s or the Scoutmaster´s option at any time. The purpose of the Scoutmaster conference is to help a Scout accept the responsibility for his growth in Scouting and to establish between the boy and the Scoutmaster a relationship that will make this possible.

Through this conference, the Scout is challenged and helped to set his own goals and work toward their achievement. These goals should be specific, measurable and attainable. The conference for advancement will include a review of the Scout´s strengths and interests and a review of the Troop´s expectations for being an active Scout.

Board of Review

The last requirement in a rank advancement is a board of review. The board of review will take place after the Scoutmaster´s conference. This is an opportunity for the boy to meet with members of the Troop Committee. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters do not sit on the board of review for any badges of rank.

The Troop Committee for all ranks through Life Scout conducts the board of review. The Council Advancement Representative conducts the board of review for the rank of Eagle Scout. Boards of review for Tenderfoot through Life ranks are held at a time arranged before the Court of Honor.

Boards of review for Tenderfoot through Life will include at least three committee members. The purpose of the review is to make sure that all requirements have been met. This includes check of both the technical skills and the Scout´s attitude and practice in the ideals of Scouting. Care is taken to ensure that the review does not become a re-examination. Spot-checking is all that is required.

To appear before a board of review, a Scout shall be in uniform and bring his Boy Scout Handbook with him. Scouts are reviewed individually. At the end of the review, the Scout is dismissed while the review board members discuss whether he is qualified. The Scout is called back and advised whether he is qualified to receive the award. If he is not qualified, the board will tell him what he must do to gain approval.

Courts of Honor – with the exception Eagle

Courts of Honor are held a minimum of three times a year for the purpose of awarding all advancements, achievements and recognition due at this time. These are big nights and the attendance of all parents is expected. The Troop will provide the ceremony, badges and medals as earned.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Medical

All Scouts and adult leaders shall have yearly medical evaluations by a physician. Each Scout and leaders shall submit a personal health and medical record Annually, prior to summer camp. A medical evaluation by a physician is required and signed every year the parent or guardian. If a scout plans to go on a long term (over 72 hours) trips like Camp Royaneh on the big backpack. The following immunizations are required: · Tetanus and diphtheria in the last ten years ·

Behavior

Behavioral problems will be handled within the structure of the Troop Chain of Authority. This means that problems within the patrol are dealt with in the following order: Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, and the Scoutmaster, until the problem has been solved. When a Scout is repeatedly disrespectful and/or rude to his Troop Leaders and/or fellow Scouts, the Scoutmaster may choose to send him home from the scouting function and his parents will be called to come and get him. If a severe enough problem develops on an outing, the parents may be called to pick him up. Should an incident arise the parents of the Scout will be expected to contact the Scoutmaster. The problem will be discussed with the PLC for a decision on action tobe taken. The decision will be reviewed by the Troop Committee prior to being acted upon. The Scout will not be allowed to participate in any Troop functions until a decision has been made. A Scout will behave and participate within the auspices of the troop at all troop functions regardless of parental attendance or participation.

Right of Inspection

To help ensure the safety and well being of Scouts and Leaders the following has been adopted:

· All Scouts agree to allow two adults and one youth leader to review their belongings at any time.

· A Scout is not permitted to touch another Scout´s belongings without the permission of the Scout that owns the belongings.

Leadership Respect

Requests from youth leaders will be followed without question or hesitation so long as the Scout does not reasonably feel that the request will endanger his safety. The Scout should contact an adult leader immediately if he feels such a request is unsafe. If a Scout feels a request is unreasonable (as opposed to unsafe), it may be brought to the attention of the Senior Patrol Leader after it has been completed. The Scoutmaster will be involved only if the Senior Patrol Leader cannot satisfy the Scout or if the Scout wishes to question a request of the Senior Patrol Leader.

Tool Safety

Knives

The pocketknife is a basic tool, serving various functions. Troop members, both Scouts and adults, shall have the knowledge of how to use, handle, and store knives. These requirements are contained in the ” Totin´ Chip” award. Folding knives with blades greater than 3 inches, fixed blade knives, sheath knives, butterfly knives, and switchblade knives are not allowed. Scouts without ” Totin´ Chip” are not allowed to carry any knives. Any prohibited knives will be confiscated and returned to parents.

Axes and Saws

Axes and saws shall only be used inside the ax yard under adult supervision. Scouts with the “Paul Bunyan” card may use axes and saws in accordance with the “Paul Bunyan” policy. All axes must be properly sheathed.

Stoves

Scouts may only use stoves or lanterns approved by the BSA and only with adult supervision and in accordance with the manufacturers´s instructions.

Fire

No tent material is considered fire proof. It can burn when exposed to intense heat or fire. Therefore, only flashlights and electric lanterns are permitted in tents. No flames are ever allowed in tents. Camp and cooking fires shall be no larger than required. Once any material is put in the fire, it shall remain in the fire. No fire will be left unattended.

Fireworks

BSA policy prohibits fireworks. No fireworks are allowed on any Scout activity.

Aquatic Safety

Safe Swim Defense

All swimming activities in Scouting are conducted according to the BSA safe swim defense. This system requires classification of each Scout and adult as a non-swimmer, beginner, or swimmer.

Boating

All boating shall be in accordance with the BSA safety afloat policy.

Guns, Ammunition, and Archery Equipment

Guns, ammunition, and archery equipment are not allowed except for merit badge purposes, and then only under the supervision of a BSA merit badge Counselor. This equipment may be used under adult supervision at rifle and archery ranges at summer camp. The Troop Committee must approve special activities, which include this equipment, in advance.

Drugs and Alcohol

BSA policy prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances at encampments and activities or on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving the participation of youth members. Any such materials shall be confiscated and returned to the parents.

Child Protection

Two Deep Leadership

Two adult leaders, or one adult and a parent of a participating Scout, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age or older, are required for all activities or outings. All Troop 1015 adult leaders and committee members will view the BSA anti-child abuse training film for Scouting adults, and participate in a short seminar to discuss the BSA youth protection program. All registered adults will take the BSA youth protection-training course every two years.

CAMPING AND OUTINGS

General

The Troop plans one camping or outing trip each month. The July camping trip is a one-week summer camp at a Boy Scout camp selected by the Troop. High adventure outings are usually planned for August. Each Scout is required to submit a permission slip at the Troop meeting prior to the outing. Each Scout shall have on file with the Troop his personal health and medical record. All camping and outing trips are conducted in accordance with the Scout Oath, Scout Law and the Outdoor Code. No less than two adults will accompany the Troop on each outing and at least one adult leader must have gone through the BSA training.

Equipment

Each Scout is expected to provide his own personal equipment. Equipment lists can be found in the Scout handbook. Packs and gear should not exceed one/third of a boy’s weight, or 30 pounds, whichever is more. Troop 1015 will provide tents. Two boys generally share a tent for sleeping. The quartermasters of the Troop and the Patrols shall coordinate Troop and Patrol equipment.

Food and Menu Planning

Each Patrol generally plans, shops and cooks their meals on every overnight. Bag lunches will be announced when needed.

No-Shows and Cancellations

Scouts who sign up for a campout or outing, and cancel before supplies are purchased will not be charged for supplies. Scouts who cancel after supplies are purchased, or Scouts who signed up, but do not show up, are responsible for their fair share of the expenses for the campout or outing. Families that have signed up (on campout/outing permission forms) to provide transportation for an outing must find replacement transportation if they cannot provide transportation for the outing. Families MUST inform the transportation coordinator of any changes.

Financial Assistance

All Scouts are encouraged to earn the money required to pay for camping and outing opportunities. Families in need of additional financial assistance should contact either the Scoutmaster or Committee chairman about subsidies for camping. It is the policy of Troop 1015 that no Scout should be denied camping experiences because of financial restrictions.

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